The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

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In December 2019 the Chinese authorities notified the world that a virus was spreading through their communities. In the following months it spread to other countries, with cases doubling within days. This virus is the “Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2”, that causes the disease called COVID19, and that everyone simply calls Coronavirus.
What actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do?
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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell - Πριν 10 ημέρες
Phew. That might have been the fastest we ever made a video. Literally working day and night. A huge challenge in talking about Corona was that the science is ongoing. So we put in extra special care to have good sources for this video and will update them in the coming weeks and months. Check them out here:

We could not have made this video without experts who took time in one of the busiest periods of their own careers. A huge thanks especially to Dr James Gurney and Dr Max Roser of Our World in Data for helping us make sure the video was as accurate as it could be in a situation that is changing daily.

Also a big shoutout to – the online publication for research and data on the world’s largest problems – and how to make progress solving them. Check out their site. It also includes a constantly updated page on the Corona Pandemic. Working together with them over the years has been a delight.

Ok. We are very tired and are going to take a nap now. Stay healthy!
The Tik-Tok Man
The Tik-Tok Man - Πριν 5 ημέρες
brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!
ABetterWeapon - Πριν 8 ημέρες
Rodrigo Py
Rodrigo Py - Πριν 10 ημέρες
Hey! Great video! I'm a Physical Therapist in Brazil and your video is one of the best out there because provides useful and accurate information in such short video. Is there a way of you releasing this video in other languages as well? Thanks!
Ching Wei Xion
Ching Wei Xion - Πριν 10 ημέρες
Great job.! Probably the best Covid-19 video out there...
Legendary 44
Legendary 44 - Πριν 10 ημέρες
Nicely done
The JOURNEY - Πριν 7 ώρες
I have watched a Video thats all about a Russian Scientist who injected himself a bacteria that's almost 3.5 million years old,as far He said that a bacteria can lived longer to a Colder Area ...,A Corona Virus too Can live longer to a Colder Area because the more it's cold,the more it's tightening it's genetic Material until it can reach to it's Destination Area to Duplicate it's self....,So it's better to expose to a Hotter area so that a Virus will explode it's Genetic material before it will arrive to it's Destination...,So far so must avoid drinking Cold water because it will tighten it's Genetic Material...
Honk the honk
Honk the honk - Πριν 7 ώρες
CHINA coronavirus.
Guillerm9 Rafael
Guillerm9 Rafael - Πριν 7 ώρες
in my country they put your video on television translated into Spanish and everything
Swen Cordoba
Swen Cordoba - Πριν 7 ώρες
The Black guy infected by viruses: "I can't breathe"
Jérémie L
Jérémie L - Πριν 7 ώρες
John Wheat
John Wheat - Πριν 8 ώρες
Thank you for the part that explains about the fast outbreak. Because the mortality rate is
Bayu Wijaya
Bayu Wijaya - Πριν 8 ώρες
It is very educated ....👍
Qrixor RBLX
Qrixor RBLX - Πριν 8 ώρες
Me: *gets coughed at in the face*

le not true story
abdul mujeeb
abdul mujeeb - Πριν 8 ώρες
Excellent information..
will WILL
will WILL - Πριν 8 ώρες
Medical surgical masks are key
jerome paradis
jerome paradis - Πριν 8 ώρες
Forgot to add it don't give diarrhea so stop buying all that toilet paper bunch of (censored)
Average Titan16
Average Titan16 - Πριν 8 ώρες
Well shit!
X M - Πριν 8 ώρες
Stay Healthy!
XxProEditingMagexX - Πριν 8 ώρες
We come for the info but we stay cause of the animations
Hmei7 - Πριν 8 ώρες
❤️ *LOVE YOU* ❤️
Muriel Cunningham
Muriel Cunningham - Πριν 9 ώρες
I'm a germaphobe living through this. Y a y.....
Nitin Gupta
Nitin Gupta - Πριν 9 ώρες
Question: How is convalescent plasma used as a drug for COVID-19? Can it be used as a vaccine as well?
H K-Y - Πριν 9 ώρες
Lol I been sharing this like crazy
MURALI KRISHNA - Πριν 9 ώρες
Hello Sir That was a marvelous job and a helping one too , I am from andhrapradesh a state in India and we the people @Andhrapradesh really needs an informative precautionary video like this if it is O.K. for you i really need to translate it into the regional language please respond
DORISAMA도리사마 - Πριν 9 ώρες
You guys just learn korean. They have all of informations in their blog and youtube channel.
Arrow Master Yenson choy12
Arrow Master Yenson choy12 - Πριν 9 ώρες
Balwinder Singh vicky
Balwinder Singh vicky - Πριν 9 ώρες
In India I think slow one
Vincent Irkalla
Vincent Irkalla - Πριν 9 ώρες
_[screaming _*_“Coronavirus!”_*_ in Cardi B-ese]_
Geography Gabe
Geography Gabe - Πριν 9 ώρες
The world is upside down share this with everybody you know!
Zzy99flyr - Πριν 10 ώρες
All this because some A-hole had to eat a bat.
Kristoferssen Cruz
Kristoferssen Cruz - Πριν 10 ώρες
Kurzgesagt. You are always as awesome! This should be spread all over social media accounts.
Filip Janković
Filip Janković - Πριν 10 ώρες
WOW! Great video! It would be so useful if we post it everywhere, if we translate it in many languages. You are doing a great thing for all! Maybe it is easier if we record voice and send you the audio file. For example, I can record this in my language, I have good recording equipement. Someone from Germany can record too etc... You can just put that audio file, to mix it in this video and put it online. hm... I think it is important for all people to understand why to stay at home, not tomorrow, not for a few day, we have to stay at home right now!
Satriyo Abdi Nugroho
Satriyo Abdi Nugroho - Πριν 10 ώρες
WOW this is a good video about Covid19 , may i downloaded and share it ? actually i already downloaded , but sad because i didnt get any translate Text on it ?
Oryx, The Taken King
Oryx, The Taken King - Πριν 10 ώρες
People be like:

A Pearson
A Pearson - Πριν 11 ώρες
Thanks for putting this together for the lay person to understand. Very much appreciated.
iquagmire - Πριν 11 ώρες
Brilliant, easily digestible explanation! Please share and spread through social media and the actual media. Good luck everyone!
wencesfeik Mullo
wencesfeik Mullo - Πριν 11 ώρες
Hi, I speak Spanish and I don't really know English, that's why I'm using the translator. In my country (Ecuador) there is a news program on a channel called TC, where they give news, Interviews, etc. So this newscast had shown a video of you without any credit to your work (the coronavirus video); Do you think that this was good since it does not matter in this situation or that it was bad on the news side, since they were able to recognize your work and inform our country at the same time?
MoonTrooper258 aa
MoonTrooper258 aa - Πριν 11 ώρες
5:11: “Dammit, Jerry!”
Sentinal94K - Πριν 11 ώρες
Cell: mNo don't kill me
Zombie T-Cell: SSSSSooOo YoooUUve COOOSusun TOOoo Die
T-Cell: Brains.
Wazzamondial - Πριν 11 ώρες
Like si viste este video en la tv ecuatoriana xd.
M - Πριν 11 ώρες
I love in Ecuador and they just passed your video on the news trabsñated to Spanish! Thanks. You're saving lives here for those who didn't know the virus well.
Nayda - Πριν 11 ώρες
My 65 yo mom kept on watching coronavirus fake news vids and predictions here on yt, showed here this and now she's a fan. She's planning to spread it to her friends. Thank you.
Eric Ciaramella
Eric Ciaramella - Πριν 11 ώρες
I mean, it could be worse.
My dream vacation is sitting at home drinking beer and watching movies.
My glass is half full, of beer!
Megan Davidson
Megan Davidson - Πριν 11 ώρες
thanks mate
Atakan Arisoy
Atakan Arisoy - Πριν 11 ώρες
Hi Dear Mr or Mrs;
I'm Atakan and i'm a voice actor working with Netflix, broadcast TVs, TV Shows and commercials in Turkey.
I want to localize your Corona Virus video.
Good, informative, understanding and good animations you have it.
I'm really impressed by this and your other videos.
I mailled and messaged you instagram before but no one answered me.
Please, I want it to spread this video asap many people for they understand how big is this.
In my country -still i can- i want to localize this video for free. (really free)
I sent this e-mail in my corporate mail for you kindly understand how serious i am.
I'm ready to sign any NDA for eliminate if you have some doubts.

Please answer me,
Thank you.
slatt boi roger
slatt boi roger - Πριν 11 ώρες
dont mind me, just here cause my teacher made an assignment on this
Saha Kord
Saha Kord - Πριν 11 ώρες
Kind people! Please help someone who is not difficult and who has something to help in such a crisis, I live in a country where the state cannot help (I stayed with my family without work and without means of subsistence (if there are those who can help! Help whoever can, who can not sorry for you, this will be a trifle, and I and my family will live to the end of quarantine! even 1dolar this will be a huge help for me! 1374130000485802 is an account for help! thanks in advance to those who helped and did not stand aside!
Marisela Clark
Marisela Clark - Πριν 11 ώρες
I bet you will make a video about the galaxy next
Ångēlīc Būnńÿ
Ångēlīc Būnńÿ - Πριν 12 ώρες
Ronan Ohara
Ronan Ohara - Πριν 12 ώρες
i think the toilet paper in the intro will soon sell for millions
ITZ_ Yasser
ITZ_ Yasser - Πριν 12 ώρες
Simply, Coronavirus destroys your lungs .
Hans Dampf
Hans Dampf - Πριν 12 ώρες
and who are the guilty people? those who eat meat ;) like in every virus panic situation in history. but there die thousands of people in every country every year because of influenza and nobody cares.
APEX SHARKS - Πριν 12 ώρες
Ok who started to plague inc in hell and start this virus on earth
jude Ma
jude Ma - Πριν 13 ώρες
DT RT - Πριν 13 ώρες
Barry Michael
Barry Michael - Πριν 13 ώρες
2020 has felt like decades WW3 almost happened Australia Wild Fire and then Covid-19 joined the chat and we are still in March.
Nate Johnson
Nate Johnson - Πριν 13 ώρες
Only reason im here cuz of school 😪😪😪
Jozef Hrabcak
Jozef Hrabcak - Πριν 13 ώρες
It's 3 world war! People dead for nothing it's no fear, who done this virus? What they want destroyed poor people? Old people and sick people.??!!!
Wayne Carranza
Wayne Carranza - Πριν 13 ώρες
BS Fox News declared this to be a Hoax!! The only news to believe
Aveeo - Πριν 10 ώρες
Everything I've seen on Fox News says it's real
Valdineia Barbosa Selim
Valdineia Barbosa Selim - Πριν 13 ώρες
Please, I would like to post this vídeo (covid19) in my Facebook Brazil... Let free the translate in my post. I dont know who did, bit os very important to comunication and helping us. I would like to do this wich yours créditos, please.
Cheetah Girl
Cheetah Girl - Πριν 13 ώρες
Do people just not know how to cover their mouth?
Nosh Desprez
Nosh Desprez - Πριν 13 ώρες
6:32 if that the case, we might as well inhale a large amount of soap or something....good thing im stocked up on dove and not Downty Ultrasoft.
AloXlo - Πριν 14 ώρες
Why this became the most viewed video in just 1 week
naz moe
naz moe - Πριν 14 ώρες
8cdaily.wordpress. com
Hermione - Πριν 14 ώρες
I hate coronavirus !! WE have to say at Home and be far away from our family.. but WE need to stay Home ...or ells coronavirus will never end!!
I am at Home since friday.. (when schools closed..) .. And guys you need to stay home ... at least do it forever your family! Of you go outside ,you are putting in danger your own self , your family and other people you met in the street !!So stay inside!! Do you want the summer to be inside because of coronavirus and can't go on the beach?!No ,you dont want that!!WE lost easter .. dont do that mistake , (going outside)and loose and the summer!!
*And be carefull ! Dont get tired, (its easier to "get" coronavirus when you are tired!) , Have your bath at least these times a weekend!..and wash your hands all the times!!(especially when you touch money..).. ❌➡😷😖😷
...even of you are tired inside..
Hermione - Πριν 14 ώρες
tired inside bored areiif you if*even
SarawatHubby - Πριν 14 ώρες
What if we eat soap?
SarawatHubby - Πριν 13 ώρες
Raempftl - Πριν 13 ώρες
SarawatHubby The virus attacks your lungs. What you eat ends up in your stomach.
Sonia Davis
Sonia Davis - Πριν 14 ώρες
Can you make a video about what if you put a nuke in the deepest hole
John B aka Smooth Chocolate
John B aka Smooth Chocolate - Πριν 14 ώρες
Sonia Davis it'll blow the whole shit up.
Anonym 123
Anonym 123 - Πριν 14 ώρες
I think God just plays Plague inc .
saadmrb - Πριν 14 ώρες
When they worked very hard (1300 hours for one vid of 10 minutes) they had 3-7 millions views in months, now 1 week covid-19 20m views..
Carl Wileman
Carl Wileman - Πριν 14 ώρες
That is world class production, visuals, and dictation.
SWATI KANDARI - Πριν 15 ώρες
Such a thorough video!!! Appreciate your hard work!!! :) :) ❤
Tony - Πριν 15 ώρες
and to think theres people who think bill gates invented the coronavirus to earn money
Wilmer Douppuatte
Wilmer Douppuatte - Πριν 15 ώρες
pixelbit 0
pixelbit 0 - Πριν 15 ώρες
People should really stop going outside till this thing blows over!
Z ESDS - Πριν 15 ώρες
"... those bats are rats... with wings...!" You might ask for help from Dr. Alexandre Yersin... for real!
Good luck
sarah larick
sarah larick - Πριν 15 ώρες
You know thats horse crap right?? China didnt say anything about it until late janurary you sir are FAKE NEWS
Raempftl - Πριν 13 ώρες
sarah larick So you are one of those people who doesn’t click on theirs sources link in the description...
Laura Jankauskaitė
Laura Jankauskaitė - Πριν 15 ώρες
Ojėtau!!!patys nieko nesuvokia dar video tokius siunčia.
Kevin Antoine
Kevin Antoine - Πριν 15 ώρες
6:30 i guess soap is the vaccine
C K - Πριν 15 ώρες
This needs to be translated in different languages to spread awareness. Can someone please start that ?
Yotzimara Osorio
Yotzimara Osorio - Πριν 16 ώρες
Cells should practice social distancing. 😆
helth stonks
helth stonks - Πριν 16 ώρες
It is really bad in our country, our country decides who is going to die or not
Dani - Πριν 16 ώρες
you know what also would be interesting to know, the fact that the CCP knew about the virus and the ongoing issues a long time before they announced it to the rest of the world but suppressed any information about it trying to keep it under wraps...
Dani - Πριν 16 ώρες
is there no side-effects to the option of shutting down society and the global economy for a prolonged time like this? say, for ex financial meltdown, massive inflation of monetary supplies, companies going out of business, millions of people losing their jobs, people committing suicide as a consequence, authoritarian governments taking advantage of the situation etc ... it sounds here like "flattening the curve" is a no brainer.
NDFOOTBALL - Πριν 16 ώρες
Thank god we have a true leader in the white house. Can you imagine if Benghazi Clinton was in the white house.
Leman Altura
Leman Altura - Πριν 16 ώρες